As iconic in Estes Park as the jagged peaks of the Rocky Mountains, cowboys and clear nights, so too are Colorado ranches. Experience the way life was at an Estes Park guest ranch or dude ranch. Most ranch stays offer an all-inclusive experience with horseback riding, fishing and, in some cases, children’s programs. With stunning Rocky Mountain National Park as a backdrop, riders leave behind their cares from today and pass through wildlife- and wildflower-dotted meadows, appreciating the yesterday of homesteaders. In the evenings, the sweet smell of roasting marshmallows wafts through the air as storytellers weave tales around the campfire. Some ranches stay open through the winter, offering sleigh rides and horseback rides through snow-drenched evergreen forests.